Learn how to microwave a sweet potato that is perfectly cooked in minutes with this easy recipe. Makes a quick and healthy side dish that goes with just about any main dish or add your favorite toppings for a simple meal on it's own!
You can cook a whole sweet potato in the microwave in a fraction of the time it takes to bake it in the oven!
I have been making microwave sweet potatoes for years, and this is the absolute best way to cook this perfect side dish!
The spuds turn out perfectly cooked every time. Best of all, they take just minutes to make, and you can cook 1 or 2 sweet potatoes in the microwave oven or more at a time.
You only need a few ingredients for this sweet potato recipe as well as a few kitchen items:
- Sweet potatoes
- Butter (optional)
- Microwave safe plate
- Kitchen brush
- Hot mitts or kitchen tongs
When you shop for sweet potatoes in the grocery store, you probably notice they're different sizes. Around here, they seem to be either large or medium.
The amount of time it takes to microwave sweet potatoes depends on the size of the potato. So, keep that in mind when shopping.
Medium sweet potatoes are about 4 to 5 inches and around 4 to 5 ounces.
Large sweet potatoes are about 6 to 8 inches and around 7 to 8 ounces.
How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Microwave
First, you need to wash the sweet potato under cold water. Use a kitchen brush if you have one to scrub any excess dirt off of the skins.
If you don't have a brush, use a paper towel or kitchen towel.
Pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel. Then, place them on a cutting board or flat surface.
Use a fork to poke a bunch of small holes in the sweet potato. This lets steam escape from the sweet potato during the cooking process.
I poke the potato a bunch of times--usually 4 times on each side. Make sure you get all of the sides so the potato cooks evenly!
Next, place the sweet potato on a microwave-safe plate. If you're cooking 2 or 3 sweet potatoes, arrange them on the edge of the plate so that they are not touching.
It's not necessary to wrap the potatoes in a damp paper towel. I've never done this, and the spuds are always perfectly cooked.
But, if you want to use a wet paper towel, go ahead.
So how long to microwave a sweet potato? It depends upon how many you are cooking and the size of the sweet potato. The size and wattage of your microwave oven will also affect the cook time.
Microwave 1 medium sweet potato for 5 minutes on high. (100 percent power) Use an oven mitt or tongs to turn over the potato, and microwave for additional 1 to 2 minutes or until fully cooked.
Microwave 2 sweet potatoes for 5 minutes. Then, use an oven mitt or kitchen tongs to turn them over. Microwave them for an additional 2 to 4 minutes or until fully cooked.
3 Medium sweet potatoes have a cook time of about 10 to 12 minutes.
2 Large sweet potatoes take about 15 minutes to fully cook.
3 Large sweet potatoes take about 20 minutes to fully cook.
Keep in mind, the potato will continue to cook when you take it out. You can always add more time if you need to.The potato should be soft on all sides, and you should be able to easily pierce through it with a knife.
After cooking, slice the sweet potato in half. Now, add your favorite toppings!
You can top your sweet potatoes with thin slices of butter or sour cream, as you would a regular baked potato.
Or, for a sweeter flavor, top with brown sugar, maple syrup, marshmallows, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
How to Store and Reheat
You can store your leftover sweet potatoes in an airtight container or freezer bag. They last for about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the microwave on a microwaveable plate.
Scoop out the insides, place in a freezer safe container, and freeze for longer storage.
How long to reheat for again depends on the size of your sweet potato.
The short answer is: larger potatoes take more time to reheat, and small sweet potatoes take less time.
How to Microwave a Sweet Potato
- microwave oven
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Wash the sweet potato under cold running water, using a kitchen brush to scrub well
- Pat dry with a paper towel. Place on cutting board or flat surface, and poke a bunch of holes on all sides of the sweet potato with a fork
- Place sweet potato on microwave safe plate
- Microwave for 5 minutes. Use an oven mitt or tongs to turn over and microwave for additional 1 to 2 minutes or until potato can be pierced easily through with a knife and is soft on all sides
- Remove, and cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for a minute or 2 before eating
If you search baked sweet potato recipe microwave, you'll get so many different answers. This easy recipe has worked for me for years, and I hope it works for you!
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